Winter in Gotham has been unusually warm, but that hasn’t stopped Broadway’s box office from suffering its usual seasonal slide.
Rialto grosses for the week ending Jan. 22 totaled $14,167,168, down about $1.5 million from the previous week, although still a healthy $2 million above the take from the same sesh last year.
Nearly every one of the 25 shows on the boards saw a drop in biz, from a few thousand bucks to a hefty $347,764.
Of course, that latter sum came off “The Odd Couple” ($519,342), temporarily hobbled by the cancellation of three weekday perfs due to the laryngitis of star Nathan Lane. (Brad Garrett filled in for Lane over the weekend.)
However, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($578,270) took a major tumble of $320,844 in replacement star Jonathan Pryce’s first week, while “The Lion King” ($962,275), “The Producers” ($605,764), “Sweeney Todd” ($525,589), “The Woman in White” ($518,909), “Hairspray” ($480,797) and “Chicago” ($393,101) all dipped by more than $100,000.
Bucking the trend, “The Phantom of the Opera” ($677,108), perhaps still riding the publicity wave from its record-breaking perf Jan. 9, actually climbed by about $15,000. “Jersey Boys” ($893,540) also held steady, rising $9,000.
“Bridge & Tunnel” gained a bit of momentum as it moved into its opening week, racking up only $172,353 for eight shows but playing to a nearly 94% capacity crowd. The first six previews of “The Pajama Game” also played to about that capacity, ringing in $383,326.